Estella Miyuki Baker
Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media traveling artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality (and cook good vegan food). She is passionate about using common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. She is currently working on a zine about binational same-sex couples and marriage.
I use art as a universal vehicle to tell stories by overcoming obstacles created by language, nationality and law. Acknowledging cultural legibility and specificity is one reason why combating homophobia, transphobia and other phobias universally is such difficult work. But by empowering ourselves to recognize our right to self-determination and representation by being our own documenters, scribes and media makers, I believe that we can empower each other and fight against discrimination.
zines illustration painting portraits sewing ceramics haircutting performance art